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 June 2006 Global Notebook

Standards Engineering Society Annual Conference
The Standards Engineering Society’s annual conference will be held Aug. 14-15 in Cleveland, Ohio. Session topics are: One Standard, One Test, Accepted Everywhere; Competing North American, European or Asian Standards; Will a Lack of Compatible Standards Leave Consumers Frustrated?; How Standards Bring New Technology to the Marketplace; Where Are Standards Training and Education Going?; Standards Responding to Global Change; and Value Added Capabilities for Standards. As an addendum to the conference, Thompson Consulting Inc. will present two courses on Aug. 16 and 17: A Guide to Standards and Making the Most of the Public-Private Partnership in Standards, the latter sponsored by the American National Standards Institute. Click here for more information, or contact Glenn Ziegenfuss, SES, 13340 SW 96th Avenue, Miami, FL 33176 (phone: 305/971-4798).

AISC and SSPC Form Joint Paint Standard Committee
The American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) and SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings have formed a joint committee with the goal of creating a single standard for shop painting structural steel. The committee will consist of industry and staff members representing both organizations. While this work is being done, AISC and SSPC have reconfirmed their agreement to recognize each other’s paint certification programs as two coordinated and equivalent quality programs to certify structural steel fabrication and paint shops that apply coatings to structural steel. AISC will continue to offer its Sophisticated Paint Endorsement, and SSPC will continue to offer its QP 3 program. Both programs have long been available to the industry but have recently been revised to reflect advances in the fabrication and coatings industries. Both AISC and SSPC expect to have their revised certification programs completely phased in by the end of 2006. For information on the AISC SPE program, contact: AISC Certification, One East Wacker Drive, Suite 700, Chicago, IL 60601-1802 (phone: 312/670-2400) or visit the AISC web site. For information on SSPC QP 3, contact: SSPC Shop Certification Program, 40 24th Street, 6th Floor, Pittsburgh, PA 15222 (phone: 412/281-2331) or visit SSPC Online.

Online Resource Available for Tracking USSS Implementation Efforts
In support of the launch of a tracking system to record actions taken on the implementation of strategies and tactics in the United States Standards Strategy, the American National Standards Institute has provided a new resource to encourage entry of relevant data into the tracking survey. Available now online, a table of USSS Implementation Assignments summarizes actions to be taken by different stakeholder groups and organizes content from the strategy into a format that can be sorted by constituency, strategy and tactic. The document is meant to assist various stakeholder groups in aligning their activities with the various elements of the USSS and better facilitate entries into the tracking survey. Since April 5, the tracking surveys have been collecting information from organizations that have endorsed or otherwise supported the strategic objectives of the USSS. If your organization is near to completing or has recently completed activities that demonstrate implementation of the USSS, please visit the survey page and provide a summary and short description of the actions taken. ANSI will collate data posted to the tracking system and present an implementation report during the U.S. Celebration of World Standards Day 2006 in Washington, D.C.; the report is intended to continue annually thereafter. Progress on implementation will be measured over time and the USSS will be revisited and reevaluated accordingly.

South Carolina’s Saluda Dam Named 2006 Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement
After setting a North American record for the most roller-compacted concrete placed in a single day — 18,590 cubic yards (14,212 cubic metres) — Columbia, South Carolina’s Saluda Dam Remediation Project has been honored with the American Society of Civil Engineers’ 2006 Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement award. The OCEA award recognizes the project’s significant contribution to the civil engineering profession and its local community. “South Carolina Electric and Gas Company officials were faced with an extraordinary challenge when they realized the impact a repeat of the 1886 Charleston earthquake could have on Columbia’s three-quarters-of-a-century-old Saluda Dam,” said ASCE President Dennis R. Martenson, P.E., DEE, F.ASCE. “Their proactive approach to protecting the surrounding communities, and the innovative methods they implemented to achieve that goal, make this project the embodiment of everything for which the OCEA award stands. We are proud to honor the Saluda Dam Remediation Project with this year’s award.” //

 
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